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Robert Turpin bought a 64-foot yacht from Ocean Alexander Marine Yacht Sales i...n Seattle in 2011, then discovered some of the windows were defective. Unhappy with the offer from sales manager Ray Prokorym, Turpin then sent emails to Ocean Alexander employees and others in the industry falsely alleging that Prokorym was a convicted sex offender. View full story at Vancouver Sun: Source: Boating Industry.
A KOMO News | Seattle Refind article:
Living in Seattle, we have a tendency to take great seafood for granted; we know that come spring, our halibut will have a soft landing in herbed butter. It’...s a given that we can drive to Fishermen’s Terminal and buy freshly-caught salmon just feet from where the boat docks. We can be confident our crab will still be crawling as we ready our crackers. But we rarely think about the great engine that pumps pristine seafood—and thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economy—into our city. For more than 100 years, Fisherman’s Terminal has been the connection from the water—and all that it bears—and the city. View full story at KOMO News / Seattle Refind:
Authorities spent the day searching for two men who went missing after a barge sank off the east side of Vancouver Island early Saturday morning.
The Canadian Forces' Joint Rescue... Co-ordination Centre in Victoria said it received the Mayday call about 2:30 a.m. PT. Three men were on the vessel, described as a 67-foot steel landing craft, about five kilometers north of Campbell River, and it was taking on water.
The barge was less than a kilometer due north of the docks at the old mill when it sank in 72-metres of water, police said. One of the men was rescued and pulled aboard an inflatable boat by crew members of an Alaskan ferry that answered the call for help. Full story at CBC News:
SEATTLE — The Coast Guard rescued two people after their vessel began taking on water north of Dungeness Spit, Sequim, Friday.
A 45-foot Response Boat — Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Port Angeles took the man and woman, both local residents, to the station. They did not require medical attention.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle received a distress call on VHF-FM channel 16 around 7:31 a.m. from the owner of the 67-foot recreational vessel Lady A reporting that they were abandoning ship into their life raft.
Sector Puget Sound watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast to alert vessels in the area of the distress situation.
Sector Puget Sound watchstanders directed the launch of the RB-M crew at 7:40 a.m. in response. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles also launched shortly after.
The crew of Tokyo Express, a 664-foot tanker vessel transiting the area, also launched a small boat crew to assist.
The RB-M and Tokyo Express crews arrived on scene around 8:09 a.m. and found the two people still aboard the Lady A.
Both people were transferred to the RB-M and taken to Station Port Angeles.
The Lady A reportedly sank in 180 feet of water with an estimated 700 gallons of diesel aboard. No sheen has been reported. The vessel is not a hazard to navigation.
Pollution responders from Sector Puget Sound’s incident management division have been notified and are working with the owner of the vessel and the Washington State Department of Ecology to determine if the vessel can be salvaged. Source: USCG News Release.
KOMO News: SEATTLE -- Those driving on I-5 south through Seattle had quite the odd sight Sunday afternoon after a boat became disconnected from its vehicle trailer during a two-car crash and was left in "freeway dry dock" along the shoulder.
Troopers said the crash happened after 1 p.m. near the Albro exit and the boat, ironically named "Passin' Thru," ended up blocking two left lanes until a tow truck could help clear the scene. There were no reports of anyone hurt.
"Only in Seattle does a boat attempt to drive on the freeway," mused Trooper Chris Webb.V
For many boaters, annual preparation and deep cleanings are crucial for a successful spring launch. Winterizing your boat ahead of time not only adds years to the life of its motor but will make your launch that much easier. Prep now for smooth sailing later.
It’s best to start with a thorough cleaning six months early for a seamless launch. Start inside and work your way out, cleaning the cabin, heads, and saloon, then scrubbing the topsides and deck. Use a good non-skid deck cleaner to remove dirt and debris from all the crevices. Clean your canvas and apply a fresh coat of waterproofer. Clean and protect any exposed teak. Apply a good coat of wax to the topsides and any fiberglass. Clean and maintain your bright work, especially if you have exposed exterior wood. Use a quality acid based bottom or hull cleaner to remove any fouling and give it a deep clean so oxidation doesn’t occur over the winter.
To properly maintain your engine, follow these winterizing procedures:
Change the Oil. Run the engine to warm it up, then change the oil. This will avoid any residue acids in the system and clear out any water that might freeze in the winter. Left in the crank case, the acids can corrode your motor internally causing premature wear.
Treat the Gas Tank. Fill the fuel tank almost to the top, then add fuel stabilizer to prevent varnish build-up in the lines, carburetor, and fuel injectors.
When the temperature drops, the moisture condenses and results in water at the bottom of your fuel tank. This can fill your water separator and cause starting problems in the spring. Make sure the tanks are nearly full but not quite to allow for expansion in the spring when it starts to warm up. This will also avoid extra condensation.
Drain the Water System. If water sits in the engine and freezes, it will expand and can crack the block, manifolds, and outdrives. To prevent damage, you must drain water from your engine. Its important to note not to run the engine without water hooked up. Most marine water pumps feature a rubber impeller which will burn out in seconds without running water.
For Inboard/Outboard Engines:
Flush the engine with clean water by connecting a standard garden hose and water flushers (flush muffs) to your cooling system. Double check your intakes, easily slide the muffs over, and make sure all the holes are covered. You don’t want any water escaping or air induced into your cooling system. Once the water line is hooked up, run the motor until the engine reaches normal operating temperature. This will guarantee that the stabilized (treated) fuel gets through the lines and doesn’t gum up over the winter.
If you have an outboard, you’ll need to change the lower unit fluid as well. Remove the vent and drain plugs, attach the lower unit fluid pump to the drain, and pump the fresh fluid through the drain until the lower unit is full. Replace the vent plug.
Winterize the Block with Antifreeze. Once you’ve flushed and drained your engine, run antifreeze through the engine block and manifolds. Use a non-toxic antifreeze like propylene glycol which can be safely flushed or discharged overboard.
Lubricate with Fogging Oil. Spray fogging oil directly into the carburetor so it coats the carburetor completely. This will allow all the seals and cylinder heads to stay lubricated through the winter and also prevent rust.
Cabin and Interior
Mold and mildew are the biggest threats to interiors so it’s important to promote ventilation wherever possible. Open all drawers, cabinets, lockers, and doors. Place dehumidifiers throughout the cabin to absorb any moisture. Remove all food, clothing, and cushions to prepare the cabinet for long term storage. Deep clean the carpet. Remove batteries and take them home if possible. Make sure they’re fully charged and store them on wood (not concrete) as they will lose their charge and damage the plate.
Prepare the Exterior
Boats that are protected from the elements will stay drier and won’t develop stress cracks and gelcoat crazing from the thawing and freezing of the water on the deck. Cover your boat to keep the boat cleaner and prolong its life. For small boats, use a fitted cover to prevent dirt and debris. Poly cotton covers will breathe better than polyester covers but aren’t as strong and don’t wear as well. Make sure it’s loose enough to promote air circulation. Add a tarp to protect the boat, choosing one that’s longer and wider than the boat.
By following these general procedures and checking the owner's manual of both your boat and motor, you’ll not only help protect your boat through the winter but save time before relaunching in the spring. Do the dirty work now so you can launch with ease later.
PORT TOWNSEND — One of the most prominent tall ships in operation is spending its down time in the Port Townsend Boat Haven this week as a two-week repair period finishes up.
After appearing at the Wooden Boat Festival earlier this month, the Lady Washington was hauled out of the water for maintenance and repairs aimed at refurbishing the propeller and repainting the hull, according to Capt. Ken Lazarus. See full story at Peninsula Daily News.
A report from REDFIN shows Seattle as number 9 for the 10 best cities for boaters. See full report at REDFIN.
ATHENS, N.Y. – Elco Motor Yachts, a leader in electric and hybrid marine propulsion for more than 120 years, is applying its expertise to the electric outboard motor category. The company is launching a new line of 5- and 7-horsepower motors that provide all the signature benefits of Elco’s electric inboard motors. See full story at Boating Industry:
August, 2014, The Coast Guard is amending its regulations to separately list an annual fee for renewals of endorsements upon the Certificate of Documentation.
This final rule separately lists a fee of $26 to cover the current costs of the vessel documentation services provided by the Coast Guard. It will increase the annual Certificate of Documentation fee collections so that they more accurately reflect the actual costs to the Coast Guard of providing the documentation services. See USCG press release.
More boats, new shoreside and in-water exhibitors, seminars, docking classes and new food vendors for 2014.
SEATTLE – August 11, 2014 – Regular attendees at Seattle’s 36th annual Lake Union Boats Afloat Show will notice quite a few new attractions this year —from the addition of seminars and in-water docking classes to a new layout, new exhibitors, new food vendors, and entertainment for the kids provided by Disney Radio. First-timers will no doubt be mesmerized by the wide variety of boats on display—from sport boats to sailboats, trawlers to mega yachts and everything in between. This year’s show is also notable for having more boats than any time since 2007. The show opens on Wednesday September 10th and continues through Sunday 14th, 2014 and is sponsored by Word Yachts. View full press release here.
SEATTLE — The number of people arrested on suspicion of boating under the influence during Seafair weekend was lower as of Sunday evening than in years past.
The beautiful weather brought more than 60 boaters to the lake Saturday for the Roosevelt Poker Run. Then it took a turn for the worse. Boaters were hit with wind, rain, rain and large waves. Witnesses said the storm lasted for nearly 25 minutes as boaters struggled to hold onto their boats.
August 6th, 2014 > SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle police say two small power boats sustained a glancing blow as they passed each other Tuesday evening on Lake Washington. A 50-year-old woman was transported to a Seattle hospital for minor injuries to her ribs and back. See full report at KOMO News:
Those attempting to enter Andrews Bay on Seafair Saturday afternoon are left scratching their heads after being turned away. At the conclusion of the Blue Angels Air Show, vessels not associated with the log boom were cleared to proceed into the area. Many at the south end turning the corner around Bailey Peninsula into Andrews Bay got a shock when they realized the barge for that nights fireworks display was sitting right in the middle. Confusion ensued. View full story here.
The fleet is arriving today and tours begin on Wednesday. The Blue Angels arrived and a practice session over Lake Washington begins on Thursday. Hydro qualifying starts Friday and races on Saturday & Sunday. There’s talk of an air show Friday, Saturday and Sunday…Happy Seafair!
A young woman was killed Wednesday night when a sailboat and power boat collided on Lake Washington.
The operators of both boats are under investigation for boating under the influence of alcohol. The accident happened North of Leschi around 10:40 p.m. Both boats were towed to a dock located at Lake Washington Blvd and East Jefferson Street in Seattle. See KIRO 7 News report.
SEATTLE– July 14, 2014– Seattle’s 36th annual Lake Union Boats Afloat Show will get underway this year on Wednesday September 10th and continues through Sunday 14th, 2014. Click here to view full press release and details.
VICTORIA — A Victoria man will make an attempt to paddle his stand-up paddleboard across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Port Angeles, perhaps as soon as Sunday.
Darren Bachiu, 36, thinks he may be the first person to ever make the attempt on the surfboard-like craft.
He cannot find any record of anyone making the crossing on a paddleboard, which he uses to explore Vancouver Island's coast.
“This is a challenge. I will give it a go and hope to get it done on the first run,” Bachiu said.
If, for some reason he fails to make it on that first try, he said he plans to try again until he succeeds.
“I will paddle until my arms fall off,” he said.
The timing of his attempt will depend on tides and weather. Tides would work in his favor on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday, and look even better on July 15, Bachiu said. See full story at Peninsula Daily News.